Three Faculty of Science researcher amongst Vici recipients
Biologist Frank Takken (Swammerdam Institute of Life Sciences) and physicists Florian Schreck (Institute of Physics, IoP) Femius Koenderink (IoP and FOM-institute AMOLF), all affiliated with the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam, were awarded a Vici grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The grant, worth 1.5 million euros each, enables the researchers to conduct research and create their own research group during the next five years.
The Vici is one of the most substantial individual academic grants in the Netherlands and is part of NWO’s Innovation Impulse. In this round NWO awarded 36 Vici’s, five of which went to researchers at the University of Amsterdam. A total of 216 researchers submitted a proposal.
Frank Takken, Swammerdam Institute of Life Sciences
Dr Frank Takken, assistant professor of Molecular Plant Pathology, will use the grant for his research into pathogen-immunity in plants. Takken wishes to understand how plants activate their defence system when perceiving pathogens. This knowledge will make it possible to better protect plants against pathogens.
Florian Schreck, Institute of Physics
Prof. Florian Schreck, professor of Experimental Quantum Physics, will use the grant to build an eternal atom laser, based on the quality that atoms aren’t merely particles but also waves. He will then use this laser to construct the ultimate clock: an optic laser with unheard of stability.
Femius Koenderink, Institute of Physics and FOM-institute AMOLF
Prof. Femius Koenderink, professor by special appointment of Physics, received the grant for his research project Hybrid Nanophotonic Architectures for Ultrafast Quantum Optics. Koenderink will carry out his research at FOM-institute AMOLF, where he will aim to establish a cross-fertilisation of miniature halls of mirrors and radio antennas to enable ultra-fast, ultra-efficient and ultra-broadband information processing on a nanoscale with packets of single photons.